With Covid-19 'Plan B' restrictions now lifted, residents are being urged to act with caution and help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The warning comes as latest data shows that nearly 2,800 people in Wolverhampton tested positive for the virus in the last 7 days, and that there are currently over 100 people with the virus in hospital in the city.

Work from home guidance was removed last Wednesday (19 January), and from today (Thursday 27 January) face coverings are no longer mandatory.

However, national guidance remains in place urging people to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where they will come into contact with others they don't normally meet, and a number of major retailers are encouraging staff and customers to continue to wear face coverings if they can.

Covid-19 NHS passes are no longer mandatory, though venues can continue to use them if they wish.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "It is of course good news when any Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and, as a country, we are in a much better place this winter than we were last year.

"But Covid hasn't gone away, and the responsibility is on us all to take extra care to protect ourselves and others.

"We are asking people to continue to be vigilant, and to be considerate to those around them when it comes to choosing whether to wear face coverings or not.

"We are recommending that people carry on wearing face coverings in crowded places like shops and on public transport if they possibly can, because it's better to be safe than sorry. From today it is your personal choice, but it’s a simple thing to do and can make a big difference in helping to protect each other."

She added: "Meeting people outdoors rather than inside and getting tested regularly are also still important and, if you develop symptoms of Covid-19, remember to stay at home and book a PCR test as soon as you can. And if you've not yet had your Covid-19 vaccination, or you are due a second dose or booster, please get it as soon as possible as this will give you the best level of protection against the virus."

For a full list of local vaccination centres, please visit Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site. To book an appointment in advance, please visit NHS or call 119. 

For more information on the Covid-19 Plan A measures, visit GOV.UK.

Latest figures show there were 1,062.8 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 2,795 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.